Arnold von Winkelried who gave it all, that the battle might be won; that the cause might go on.
The students at the
Hans and Sophie Scholl, youth who would not give up, even to the end. "Long Live Freedom."
What am I trying to convey? I want to reflect the spark in their eyes, the passion of their hearts, the understanding they had for the Cause.
Here are their stories...
Arnold von Winkelried was a soldier who was fighting to defend his small homeland,
Above: Arnold von Winkelried threw himself into the wall of spears to create a gap. He gave his life that others might be free.
Above: A chinese young adult stands in the path of a tyranical government.
Does the youth of
Hans and Sophie Scholl. While most of the nation trembled in terror in Nazi Germany, two young adults spoke out. Their names were Hans and Sophie Scholl, two young adults, brother and sister. They knew that the price of freedom is sometimes giving up everything. With this in mind, they published a series of essays which denounced Adolph Hitler and his Nazi tyrants, and called for the overthrow of tyrannical government.
Eventually Hans and Sophie were caught, and they were told that what they did was illegal, and unpatriotic. During their mock-trial, they both knew that they were going to be exterminated, because they dared defy the State. Sophie shocked the judges during the trial by saying, “Somebody, after all, had to make a start. What we wrote and said is also believed by many others. They just don’t dare to express themselves as we did.” The judges, hearing this, proclaimed them guilty as charged. They were going to die. While marching to their deaths Hans slowed, stopped, looked back, raised his fist, and yelled out in a defiant tone, “LONG LIVE FREEDOM!”
And then proudly walked to his fate.
Above: Hans (front right) and Sophie (center) Scholl.
What made them do this? What made them willing to speak, to protest, to die? Was it their selfishness? Their desire to live independently, and do as they pleased? No. It cannot be that, as you cannot reap the rewards of your labor if you do not live to see the harvest. What was the reason? What was this passion? The answer should be clear to us as Christians. “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends", John . The power behind those who sacrifice, is not because of selfishness, it's not because they love themselves; it's because they love others. The love of liberty is the love of others.